Free events and activities

The Deal
Saturday 18th May, 1-3pm
The Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London, EC2N 2HA

Join us on Saturday 18th May for our next Charting the Mayflower public event.

The Deal is an interactive research performance which will explore the motives of the Separatists (who formed the bulk of the passengers on the Mayflower), their negotiations with King James I, and the role of the City of London in the financing of the voyage. Get a sense of the powers at play during the birth of modern capitalism, and how the lure of money and desperation to start life anew in America were at the root of the modern myth of the Mayflower voyage, with the City of London and two of its’ significant churches as the backdrop.

We will start at the Dutch Church,  a site of refuge for protestant refugees in the Sixteenth century, before winding our way through small roads, squares and alleyways to arrive at All Hallows Church, the oldest church in the City of London.

Passamezzo, experts in sixteenth and seventeenth century music, will set the scene with songs and dances from the time. We hope you will join in!

All are welcome to this free event, although booking is required.
Click here for more information and booking


The following events took place in Autumn 2018.

Charting the Mayflower – open workshops
Saturday 3rd November, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Surey Docks Farm
Almost 400 years ago the Mayflower left Rotherhithe’s shores with people on board seeking a new life across the Atlantic.
Their quest, and its legacy, has become symbolic of America and shaped global dynamics.
But who were the passengers on board? Why did they get on the ship, and why do we remember the name of the Mayflower above all of the other ships that sailed to America in the seventeenth century?
Free. Suitable for all ages
Click here to read more

Talk with Brian Lavery
Thursday 25th October, 7-8pm
the world’s leading authority on the ships of the Virginia line.
He will be talking about Rotherhithe in 1620, how the Mayflower operated and the conditions the passengers experienced on board.
Free, booking required
Click here to read more
Lantern Making – open workshops
October & November 2018, various times & venues
Make your lantern to bring along to our community lantern procession.
Free. Suitable for ages 7 upwards, under 12s should be accompanied.
Click here to read moreIlluminate Rotherhithe Lantern Procession
23 November, 5pm onwards
Free. Suitable for all ages
Starts at Mayflower park and moves through the streets of Rotherhithe, SE16.
Click here to read moreThe Measuring of the Mayflower
Sunday 30th September, 3pm
Kings Stairs Gardens, SE16.
More information here
(Part of Thames Festival 2018)

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